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cover: Stratosphere Girl

Stratosphere Girl

Director(s): Matthias X Oberg

Theatrical Release: 2003

Cast: Chloe Winkel, Jon Yang, Rebecca R Palmer, Tuva Novotny, Tara Elders, Linda Steinhoff

Genre(s): Drama

Countries: Netherlands, Germany (East/West)


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Running Time: 85m.

In this imaginative independent drama, Angela (Chloe Winkel) is a French art student living in Germany who loves to draw comics and creates elaborate tales drawn in a soft and romantic style. One night Angela meets Yamamoto (Jon Yang), a club DJ from Japan, who invites her to come to Tokyo with him. Infatuated with Yamamoto, Angela impulsively agrees, and is soon sharing an apartment with a handful of Western expatriates who work at a nightclub where Japanese businessmen drink, sing karaoke and date the "hostesses" for a fee. When money runs low, Angela signs on to work at the club, but when a customer is murdered in an ongoing mob war, she realizes she's entered a far more dangerous world than she imagined. The frantic pace of the city and the violence of her new environment has a strong impact on her artwork, which loses its serene qualities and becomes increasingly aggressive and mechanical. The Stratosphere Girl was written and directed by German filmmaker M.X. Oberg, who shot the film on location in Cologne and Tokyo. -- Mark Deming (allmovie.com)
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